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From The O/U: O/U products for Pesach and Shmitta

All O/U products for Pesach, from Eretz Yisroel are made with ingredients that do NOT have a Shmitta problem and may be used during this Shmitta year.  

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From The KIB: Shmitta and Pesach

This year, 5782, is the Shmitta year in Eretz Yisroel, when the land is not worked and the farms lay quiet.  This is Sabbatical year for the farmers and the land.  And while, we can mostly rely on the usually trusted Hechsherim to take care of the Shmittta Halachic issues, there are certainly still situations that require guidance for the 7th year product.  If one (even outside of Eretz Yisroel) were, for instance to buy Jaffa Oranges, wine or lemon juice from Eretz Yisroel this year, the laws of Shmitta would be very relevant.  If a product bears a reliable Hashgacha, it means that it was Halachically dealt with.  Produce grown this Shmitta year is normally not allowed to be exported.  However, produce grown in Israel this year on land fully owned by a non-Jew is fully permissible according to the Minhag of Yerushalayim, while the Bnei Brak Minhag dictates not to use such produce.  And certain areas of Israel are not considered within the boundaries of Halachic Eretz Hakodesh and therefore, are not subject to the laws of Shviis in the Shemitta year (R’ Elyashuv says that those areas need to keep 2 days Yom Tov, such as Eilat etc.)

For those visiting Eretz Yisroel this Pesach, who would like to have fresh, free or other fruit that is subject to the laws of Shviis, will need to learn how to properly dispose of any remnants, as they do contain kedusha.   It normally cannot be thrown away or treated in a disrespectful manner.  This necessitates throwing away left over fruit from Eretz Yisroel this year in  a bag, leaving it to rot and only then, discarding it in the trash.  

Due to the complexities of the laws of Shmitta, one should be careful to note if any produce they buy is from Eretz Yisroel and if it does not have a reliable Hashgacha, consult a Rav as to how to be able to use and dispose of it.    

From The COR of Greater Detroit: Common Pesach Medicine list from Rabbi Bess

The following are some of the more commonly used Baby/Children products approved for Pesach use by Rabbi Gershon Bess…

Advil Children’s Junior Strength Coated Tablets

Advil children’s Suspension – all flavors

Advil Infants’ Drops – Grape

Bayer Children’s Aspirin

Benadryl Children’s Allergy Liquid and Dye-Free Liquid – all flavors

Benadryl Children’s Allergy Chewable Tablets – grape

Motrin Children’s Suspension – all flavors 

Motrin Infant’s Drops – all flavors

Sudafed PE Children’s Nasal Decongestant – berry

Sudafed PE Children’s cold & cough – grape

Tylenol Children’s Cold+ Cough + Runny Nose liquid

Tylenol Children’s Cold+Cough+Sore Throat liquid

Tylenol children’s Suspension – all flavors

Tylenol Infant’s Suspension – all flavors

Miralax Powder

From The COR of Greater Detroit: Lieber’s White and Black Truffle Oil

Lieber’s White and Black Truffle Oil mistakenly state Kosher for Pesach.  They are NOT certified Kosher for Pesach.  This also applies to last year’s product.

From The O/U: Sysco All Purpose H&R Flour

The O/U certifies Sysco All Purpose H&R Flour as an O/U product but not as an O/U P (Kosher for Passover) product.  Some 50 lb. bags bear an unauthorized O/UP marking.  

From The O/U: Sonny & Joe’s Hummus

The O/U certifies Sonny & Joe’s as an O/U Kitniyot product.  Some 30 lb foodservice containers were mistakenly labeled with a plain O/UP mark, instead of the O/U Kitniyot mark.  

From The O/U: O/U products for Pesach and Shmitta

All O/U products for Pesach, from Eretz Yisroel are made with ingredients that do NOT have a Shmitta problem and may be used during this Shmitta year.  

E-Cigarettes

Rabbi Moishe Sternbuch, leader and Vice President of the Rabbinical Court of the Edah HaChareidis in Yerushalayim, recently ruled that electronic cigarettes require kosher supervision all year round as it contains an ingredient that generates a good taste which affects the e-cigarette’s steam and its taste is felt by the pallet.  E-cigarettes also pose a Chometz issue on Pesach and should be avoided.